Wednesday, January 20, 2010

More cruising the web

Ramesh Ponnuru details three ways that Ben Nelson has hurt the Democrats. He would have done better to have stuck to his moderate ways than to have sold his soul for a mess of pottage.

Rich Lowry finds an inspiring message for Nancy Pelosi.
If Speaker Nancy Pelosi persists in the House, she might as well repeat for her members the order that Gen. Kemal Ataturk gave at Gallipoli: "I don't order you to attack. I order you to die."
I don't think that the House Democrats have quite the suicidal fervor of Ataturk's soldiers.

And Lowry makes this comment over at NRO.
We heard a lot about Martha Coakley's tin ear over the last week, but how about Obama's? Would Bill Clinton ever have made fun of a candidate riding a populist wave for driving a truck? Maybe, but hard to believe.
Morton Zuckerman, no right-wing ideologue just blasts Obama. From top to bottom, foreign to domestic policy, he excoriates Obama, calling his first year "a disaster." Many of these criticisms are things that conservatives have been saying, but it's quite notable to read this from an Obama supporter.
In the campaign, he said he would change politics as usual. He did change them. It’s now worse than it was. I’ve now seen the kind of buying off of politicians that I’ve never seen before. It’s politically corrupt and it’s starting at the top. It’s revolting.

Five states got deals on health care—one of them was Harry Reid’s. It is disgusting, just disgusting. I’ve never seen anything like it. The unions just got them to drop the tax on Cadillac plans in the health-care bill. It was pure union politics. They just went along with it. It’s a bizarre form of political corruption. It’s bribery. I suppose they could say, that’s the system. He was supposed to change it or try to change it.
Read the rest. There is nothing there that any conservative opponent of Obama would disagree with except the whole part about voting for him in the first place.

Both Jennifer Rubin and Matthew Continetti note what a natural political talent Scott Brown seems to have. This is true, but let's not fall into the Democrats' trap of going all gauzy about someone based on the skill and personality he exhibits on the campaign trail. Let's see how he is in office for a while before we start talking presidential nomination. However, both Rubin and Continetti are correct in pointing to the new talents that have emerged in the GOP just this year with Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, and now Scott Brown. The GOP bench is deeper than we thought it was just a year ago. And who knows what other new stars will emerge in the next year. For example, I've always liked John Kasich and I'm glad to see him get back into politics instead of being just a Fox commentator. If he wins the Ohio governor's race and does a creditable job, people will be talking him up for 2016. I'm not sure that any of these guys would be ready for 2012, but it's nice to know that the bench is not empty. We could have some exciting nomination battles in 2016 or 2020. It sure would be nice to like a candidate and not feel that I'm forced to vote for the least objectionable person running as I felt last year and as I feel about the people who seem to be running for 2012.